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 Joe paterno

 Joe Paterno

 Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno nicknamed "Joe pa " was born December 21 , 1926 in Brooklyn New York. He has been Penn State's head football coach since 1966! "That year his team went 5-5, but the following season he led the Lions to 8 wins and an appearance in the Gator Bowl. Two years later, in 1968, Paterno had his first undefeated season, and repeated that achievement in 1969. From 1973 to 1983, Penn State went to a bowl game every year. With a victory in the 1995 Rose Bowl, Paterno became the first coach ever to win all four major bowls (Rose, Orange, Sugar, and Fiesta)." "Although the 1968, 1969 and 1973 teams went undefeated, it was not until 1978 that Paterno would coach in his first national championship game. The 1978 Nittany Lions cruised through the 1978 regular season at 11-0, but lost to Bear Bryant's University of Alabama team 14-7 in the Sugar Bowl." Paterno claimed his first national championship in 1982, with a 27-23 Sugar Bowl victory over a Georgia team led by Heisman Trophy winning running back Herschel Walker. this year owever many wanted him to retire he led Penn State to an ORANGE BOWL VICTORY !

 

 

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4/19/06